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With the release of JIRA 4.3, we introduced new search improvements, even tighter integration with Confluence for linking wiki content to your issues in JIRA, and a centralized user management infrastructure. This final post in the series will dive into the JIRA improvements designed specifically to make Administrators’ lives easier in JIRA.

In-place database upgrades

JIRA 4.3 now officially supports ‘in-place database upgrades‘, when upgrading from JIRA 4.0.0 or later.

This method requires much less downtime during the JIRA upgrade process, especially if you operate a large JIRA installation. Rather than exporting your existing JIRA data to an XML backup and then restoring this data into your new JIRA version, you can now simply ‘point’ your new version of JIRA at your existing JIRA database!

Mail Server Configuration Improvements

In JIRA 4.3, administrators can now test their mail server configuration with the “Test Connection” button, making setting up new mail servers a much smoother process.

We’ve also added a “Timeout” field for setting the maximum timeout allowed for your server (default set to 10 seconds).

Security Enhancements

There are several new features in JIRA 4.3 that will help to make your instance more secure.

‘Whitelist’ for External URLs

An administrator may wish to limit the URLs from which users can source content that is displayed on their JIRA site (e.g. via an External Gadget).

JIRA 4.3 allows you to create a ‘Whitelist’ of URLs — or URL patterns — whose content you wish to make available to users of your JIRA site:

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Secure Administration Sessions

Access to JIRA’s administration features and functions is now password-protected, providing an additional layer of security against attackers. When attempting to access an administrative screen, you will be prompted to enter your password:

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This prompt is enabled by default, but if you’d prefer to do without it, you can disable it. You can also modify the value of the timeout to increase or decrease the duration of authentication after entering a password.

Secure Email Change

Users will now be prompted to enter their password when changing their email address.

New Bundled Functionality in JIRA 4.3

Lastly, there are two notable pieces of functionality that now come bundled in, and integrated with, JIRA.

Bundled Plugin Manager

The Universal Plugin Manager (UPM) is now integrated with JIRA. The UPM makes installing, upgrading, and discovering new plugins a much simpler process. Find it in the “Plugins” page of the Administration section of JIRA.

Improved Importer

JIRA 4.3 provides a greatly improved Importer for Bugzilla, Mantis, FogBugz, and CSV files by bundling the JIRA Importers Plugin.

The web-based import wizard makes it easy to map fields — and individual field values — from your old bug-tracker to your new JIRA system:

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Check out JIRA 4.3

Download JIRA 4.3 now to upgrade or get started with a free 30-day trial. You can also check out our Online Trial (also free for 30 days) or play around with our live Sandbox.


P.S. — be sure to check out yesterday’s post about the Early Access Preview of JIRA 4.4 for a glimpse at some of the new features heading your way in JIRA’s next release.

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